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Farshad Fattahi’s indecision continues in Urmia Intelligence Detention Center

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, October 20, 2020 / Despite the passage of 26 days, Farshad Fattahi is still in a state of uncertainty in the detection of the Urmia Intelligence Department.

According to Human Rights in Iran, until today, Tuesday, October 20th, Farshad Fattahi, a citizen of Urmia, West Azerbaijan Province, has been detained in the detention center of the Urmia Intelligence Department after 26 days in a state of uncertainty.

Farshad Fattahi was reportedly charged with membership in religious groups during interrogation, but no legal information is available on his accusation.

It should be noted that Farshad Fattahi was arrested by the security forces of Urmia on September 24 (2020) and transferred to the detention center of the Urmia Intelligence Department of the city.

Detention of persons before they are charged and the inability of defendants to access a lawyer are among the violations of international instruments of human rights, Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966.

Individuals also enjoy the right to a fair trial, which is an inalienable right, as enshrined in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

In most cases, the extrajudicial and arbitrary detention of citizens and civil activists with vague and trumped-up accusations is in the line of suppression of Freedom of Expression and opinion, which in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16th 1966, there is emphasis on not suppressing of the individuals because of Freedom of Expression and opinion. Regarding the principle of freedom of expression, every individual has the right to express his/her opinions and viewpoints in any way possible, without considering border restrictions.

Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that the accused shall be informed of the charges and provided access to a lawyer as soon as possible. Other defensive rights are mentioned in law, but extrajudicial actions taken by the security services violate the laws that they themselves drafted and claim to be enforced.

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